|First thing in the morning....|
I go out twice a day--first thing in the morning and then right before supper--and cut the spears that have reached the proper height (about 8 inches.) I lay the freshly-washed stalks on a cutting board, slice a little off the cut end, and use a vegetable peeler to peel off a thin layer on the lower stalks (which are tough otherwise.) The stalks are brittle, so the cutting board supports them and prevents breakage.
|and last thing in the afternoon|
Six weeks of cutting will end as the weather warms and the spears suddenly become tough and woody. Then it's time to weed, fertilize, and treat for asparagus beetles, after which I'll mulch the bed and lay out the soaker hoses. Totally worth it!